|The only road to a life of peace is virtue
- You should pray for a healthy mind in a healthy body.
- Ask for a stout heart that has no fear of death,
- and deems length of days the least of Nature's gifts;
- that can endure any kind of toil;
- that knows neither wrath nor desire and thinks
- the woes and hard labors of Hercules better than
- the loves and banquets and downy cushions of Sardanapalus.
- What I commend to you, you can give to yourself;
- For assuredly, the only road to a life of peace is virtue.
In the original Latin:
- orandum est ut sit mens sana in corpore sano.
- fortem posce animum mortis terrore carentem,
- qui spatium vitae extremum inter munera ponat
- naturae, qui ferre queat quoscumque labores,
- nesciat irasci, cupiat nihil et potiores
- Herculis aerumnas credat saevosque labores
- et venere et cenis et pluma Sardanapalli.
- monstro quod ipse tibi possis dare; semita certe
- tranquillae per virtutem patet unica vitae.
- Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mens_sana_in_corpore_sano